Paulus was a master at the large choral format, particularly in the sacred realm. Here are five top picks for a memorable concert.

The Three Hermits

Without a doubt one of Paulus' standout achievements. This hour long opera with beautiful text by long time collaborator, Michael Dennis Browne, yielded one of Paulus' most famous works, Pilgrims' Hymn. Premiered in 1997, it has had numerous repeat performances and Pilgrims' Hymn has become one of the most performed modern choral pieces in America and the world over. It is a staple with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and countless other groups. This opera is also incredibly accessible no matter the budget or skill set. Mixed Chorus, 2 Sopranos, Mezzo-Soprano, 3 Tenors, Baritone, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Percussion, Harp, Organ, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass

Mass for a Sacred Place

Commissioned by the Cathedral Choral Society and premiered in 2003 at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. this immense and beautiful piece has everything from sterling brass lines to thundering low passages with the thickly stacked chorus dominating throughout. 25 minutes SSAATTBB Chorus and 1222/4230/timpani per orchestra

Canticles: Songs and Rituals for the Easter and May

An early Paulus gem, written in 1977, it is a piece to celebrate the joy found in Easter and the entire Spring season. It includes text for narration by none other than Michael Dennis Browne. SSAATTBB Chorus, Soprano and Mezzo-Soprano soloists, Organ and Chamber Orchestra (or Piano)


Another fantastic take on Mass by Paulus, this one was commissioned by the New Choral Society of Central Westchester and premiered in 1999. The piece strongly emphasizes the Organ with the Chorus and is more traditionally sacred in sound than his other Mass. 30 minutes, SSAATTBB Chorus and Chamber Ensemble and Organ

Sacred Songs: Seven Songs on Sacred Texts

This 30 minute piece was premiered in 1990 and commissioned in honor of the Association of Anglican Musicians. This glorious work is accompanied by moving text by the legendary Chinese poet, Li Po. SATB Chorus, Flute, Oboe, Percussion and Organ


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